Bin Laden Controversy Puts Spotlight on Obama’s Risk Aversion

U.S. President Barack Obama walks off of Marine One after returning from a trip to West Virginia, the White House, Washington, Oct. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
U.S. President Barack Obama walks off of Marine One after returning from a trip to West Virginia, the White House, Washington, Oct. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
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The latest edition of the New York Times Magazine featured a cover story that aimed to challenge the generally accepted narrative of how the U.S. found and killed Osama bin Laden. The article by Jonathan Mahler centered on an alternative version of events by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. In Hersh’s telling, the story we have heard from the Obama administration and retold by a number of books and movies essentially amounts to a vast cover-up. In exploring the controversy, Mahler focuses more on the hunt for the bin Laden story than on the hunt for bin Laden—that is, on […]

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